Which were the two literary trends in the Victorian period?



1. associated with intellectual production; the need for objectivity, standard of balance and precision (Robert Browning)
2. idealistic, spontaneous; direct continuation of romanticism; the cult of beauty; sympathy with emotions (lord Alfred Tennyson)

Victorian poetry:

  • – nostalgic sentiments for the Middle Ages
  • – religious scepticism
  • – concerned with the search of identity, meaning of life
  • – respect for romantics
  • – the duty of the poet is to present the world around him and not his own soul (Restoration period)
  • – poetry is deliberately didactic
  • – one of the distinctive poetic forms is the dramatic monologue (origins are perhaps in Elizabethan drama)

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